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Increasing Educational Achievement in Secondary Schools

Published: 15 Aug 2013

This national report presents the findings of ERO’s recent evaluation of the practices used in an initiative to support the improved achievement of a specific group of Year 12 students.

Audience:
Māori-medium
Parents
Schools
Content type:
Research
Topics:
Achievement
Evaluation
Secondary
At-risk students

School trustees booklet: helping you ask the right questions

Published: 14 Feb 2017

ERO has written this booklet for boards of trustees. It is one of many tools available to help you in your role as a trustee. It focuses on student achievement and wellbeing, and the role the board plays in these two areas. The booklet includes questions and information that will guide you in your discussions with school leaders and as a trustee.

Audience:
Parents
Schools
Content type:
Research
Topics:
Board of Trustees
Achievement
Wellbeing
Evaluation
Guides for parents

Effective school evaluation: how to do and use internal evaluation for improvement

Published: 19 Nov 2015

This guide to using internal evaluation for improvement purposes is published jointly by ERO and the Ministry of Education as a companion to School Evaluation Indicators: Effective Practice for Improvement and Learner Success and is supported by Internal Evaluation: Good Practice.

Audience:
Māori-medium
Parents
Schools
Content type:
Research
Topics:
Evaluation
Internal evaluation
Pasifika
English-medium
Raising achievement
Improvement

Evaluation at a glance: A decade of assessment in New Zealand Primary Schools - Practice and trends

Published: 24 Apr 2018

High quality assessment and evaluation allows us to focus on student progress and outcomes at classroom, school and system levels.  It helps teachers, schools and systems to report on student achievement across points in time, and provide information for parents, trustees and the public about the quality of education. 

Audience:
Education
Parents
Schools
Content type:
Research
Topics:
Evaluation
Assessment
Formative assessment
The Trends in International Mathematics and Science Study (TIMSS)
The Progress in International Reading Literacy Study (PIRLS)
Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA)
National Monitoring Study of Student Achievement (NMSSA)

Promoting wellbeing through sexuality education

Published: 12 Sep 2018

This report provides findings from ERO's evaluation of how well schools were promoting and supporting student wellbeing through sexuality education.

It includes high-level findings, examples of good practice and recommendations for schools and policy audiences. It is accompanied by a series of short publications for whānau, students, and trustees.

Brochures aimed at students, whānau and Boards of Trustees are also available.

Audience:
Parents
Schools
Content type:
Research
Topics:
Wellbeing
Sexuality
Health and Physical Education
Curriculum
Stewardship
Leadership
Capability
Evaluation
Lesbian Gay Bisexual Transgender (LGBT)

How ERO reviews

Published: 04 Mar 2021

ERO reviews all early childhood services, kōhanga reo, schools and kura to help their learners flourish. We focus on what’s working well for learners/ākonga and what can improve.  

Audience:
Academics
Early learning
Māori-medium
Parents
Schools
Content type:
Basic page
Topics:
Kōhanga Reo
Kura
Early childhood services
Evaluation
Schools
School hostels
International students

Pacific Strategy 2019-2022

Published: 21 Mar 2019

Our Pacific strategy outlines our role in supporting the improvement of educational outcomes for Pacific learners in Aotearoa. This strategy also describes how we can support the strengthening of our Pacific regional neighbours’ education systems.

Audience:
Academics
Early learning
Education
Māori-medium
Parents
Schools
Content type:
Basic page
Topics:
Pacific
Pacific Strategy
Strategy

He Pou Tātaki – How ERO reviews home-based education and care services

Published: 31 Mar 2021

He Pou Tataki: How ERO reviews home-based education and care services provides resources for ERO and home-based services to use during reviews. The resources reflect ERO’s commitment to the provision of high quality early childhood education for all children in Aotearoa New Zealand

Audience:
Early learning
Education
Parents
Content type:
Basic page
Topics:
Home-based education
Evaluation
Ngā Pou Here

Purposeful education pathway

Published: 04 Sep 2017

The setting of academic goals that build toward purposeful educational pathways and career options begins early at McAuley High School and supports student choices throughout their schooling.

Audience:
Education
Parents
Schools
Content type:
Research
Topics:
Improvement
Relationships
Evaluation
Curriculum
Teaching
Video
Improvement in Action Te Ahu Whakamua

Educationally powerful connections with parents and whānau

Published: 09 Nov 2015

In this report, the Education Review Office (ERO) evaluated how well 256 schools worked with parents and whanau to respond to students at risk of underachievement. We looked for examples where schools had specifically worked with parents and whānau to accelerate and support progress and improve achievement.

Audience:
Māori-medium
Parents
Schools
Content type:
Research
Topics:
At-risk students
Evaluation
Whanaungatanga
Accelerated learning
Pasifika

Professional inquiry  

Published: 04 Sep 2017

Inquiry is at the heart of what drives improvement and innovation at McAuley High School. 

Audience:
Education
Parents
Schools
Content type:
Research
Topics:
Improvement
Professional development
Evaluation
Knowledge building
Evaluation indicators
Professional capability
Video
Improvement in Action Te Ahu Whakamua

Internal evaluation: good practice

Published: 19 Nov 2015

This good practice report showcases 13 schools and how they've used internal evaluation to change their practice to support students to achieve. The findings from this report have informed the joint Ministry of Education and ERO resource Effective School Evaluation: How to do and use internal evaluation for improvement.

Audience:
Parents
Schools
Content type:
Research
Topics:
Evaluation
Internal evaluation

Stewardship: informed decision making

Published: 04 Sep 2017

At Manurewa Central School, the relationship between the principal and trustees is described in terms of how trust and confidence is built through effective listening and transparent reporting, interrogation and discussion of information.

Audience:
Education
Parents
Schools
Content type:
Research
Topics:
Improvement
Stewardship
Decision making
Evaluation
Video
Improvement in Action Te Ahu Whakamua

Progressions

Published: 04 Sep 2017

Students and teachers at Stonefields School describe how they use ‘learning progressions’ to build students assessment capabilities and teachers opportunities to be responsive to learner needs.

Audience:
Education
Parents
Schools
Content type:
Research
Topics:
Improvement
Curriculum
Teaching
Evaluation
Video
Improvement in Action Te Ahu Whakamua

Strengthening curriculum: inquiry maths

Published: 04 Sep 2017

An analysis of achievement data and a desire to introduce more culturally responsive pedagogies into the classroom were triggers for introducing an inquiry -based approach to the teaching of mathematics at Manurewa Central School.

Audience:
Education
Parents
Schools
Content type:
Research
Topics:
Improvement
Curriculum
Inquiry
Teaching
Evaluation
Professional capability
Evaluation indicators
Video
Improvement in Action Te Ahu Whakamua

Relationships for learning

Published: 04 Sep 2017

A learning community characterised by whanaungatanga and manaakitanga creates the challenge and support needed to develop learning to learn capabilities and achieve successful learning outcomes.

This video was filmed at McAuley High School.

Audience:
Education
Parents
Schools
Content type:
Research
Topics:
Improvement
Relationships
Curriculum
Teaching
Evaluation
Whanaungatanga
Manaakitanga
Video
Improvement in Action Te Ahu Whakamua

Shared values

Published: 04 Sep 2017

Culturally responsive relationships and practices support and promote the development of learners’ confidence in their identity, language and culture. These relationships are explicitly acknowledged and understood by teachers and learners and contribute to an inclusive learning environment in which there are equitable opportunities to learn.  This video was filmed at Invercargill Middle School.

Audience:
Education
Parents
Schools
Content type:
Research
Topics:
Improvement
Curriculum
Teaching
Evaluation
Relationships
Leadership
Equitable outcomes
Video
Improvement in Action Te Ahu Whakamua

Evaluation Indicators for Education Reviews in Kōhanga Reo

Published: 08 Apr 2021

The Evaluation Indicators for Education Reviews in Kōhanga Reo is a specialist resource to inform the judgements that review officers make about the quality of children’s experiences while they are taking part in a kōhanga reo programme.

Audience:
Early learning
Education
Māori-medium
Parents
Content type:
Basic page
Topics:
Kōhanga Reo
Quality of children's experiences
Evaluation

Ako Panuku: An evaluation of the programme’s effectiveness

Published: 02 Aug 2012

This evaluation looks at the Ako Panuku programme, which is funded by the Ministry of Education for Māori secondary/kura teachers. ERO conducted an online survey of all teachers involved in the programme and also visited a number of schools and kura. Our findings show that a high proportion of teachers found the programme to be highly effective or effective for them. Ako Panuku has had positive outcomes for participants and their students.

Audience:
Māori-medium
Parents
Schools
Content type:
Research
Topics:
Ako Panuku
Evaluation
Kura
Teachers | Kaiako
Māori secondary teachers

Ngā Whakangungu Kāwanatanga mā ngā Poari Whakahaere me ngā Whānau i roto i ngā Kura - Governance Training for Boards of Trustees and Whānau in Kura

Published: 22 Feb 2011

This national report focuses on the relevance and usefulness of governance training provided for boards of trustees and whānau in kura, and the extent to which this training has contributed to improvements in the quality of governance. In order to understand the context for kura governance, the report also provides an overview of effective governance practices identified generally throughout the schooling sector.

Audience:
Education
Parents
Content type:
Research
Topics:
Governance
Māori parents and whanau
Kura